Human Rights Book Club

In addition to joining us for great conversation about books and human rights around the globe, you may use our reading selections and discussion guides for your own book club.

See the 2015 Book List.

Call 612-341-3302 for more information.

The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Guthrie Theater, 818 S 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 

Read the play and join us for The Advocates’ Night at the Guthrie to see the performance and engage in a post-play discussion with Executive Director Robin Phillips, Staff Attorney Emily Good, and The Guthrie's Dramaturg, Jo Holcomb.

The Crucible is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693. It was written as an allegory of McCarthyism and the 1950s' anti-communist “witch hunts.” The play is perhaps as instructive and relevant today as it is for the time period in which it was set, grappling with inherent human conditions and proclivities towards group think, corruption and power of government, harmful myths and practices said to be grounded in religion or culture, and the critical role of strong democratic institutions and of individuals upholding the human rights of themselves and one another.

 Attend this performance and SAVE 50% on tickets. Call the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224 and quote code “ADVOCATES”


Enrique's Journey, by Sonia Nazario
(Also an adapted version for young readers)

Thursday, May 28, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Aster Café, 125 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN

Join The Advocates for a happy hour book discussion and action opportunity on behalf of Central American refugees.

Tuesday, June 23, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Birchwood Café, 3311 East 25th Street, Minneapolis, MN

Join The Advocates for a book discussion and action opportunity on behalf of Central American refugees.

Sonia Nazario will be the 2015 Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award recipient and will speak at The Advocates’ Human Rights Awards Dinner on June 16, 2015. To reserve your space at this event, please click here

Based on a Pulitzer prize-winning series of articles in the Los Angeles Times published in 2002, Enrique’s Journey is a true story that recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy. When Enrique is five years old, his mother, Lourdes, leaves to find a job in the United States. The move allows her to send money back home so Enrique can go to school past the third grade. Lourdes promises she will return quickly, but she struggles in America. Enrique begs his mother to come back. Without her, he becomes lonely and troubled. After eleven years pass, he despairs of ever seeing her again and decides he will go find her. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers.


See the 2014 Book List

For ideas for your own book club, also take a look at our book lists and discussion guides from previous years.

For questions or suggestions, please contact Sarah Herder at or 612-746-4691.